There’s no question that Piotr Malachowski’s silver medal is worth its weight in gold.
The Polish discus thrower has decided to sell the second place medal he won in Rio so that he can help fund a three-year-old boy’s treatment for retinoblastoma — a rare form of eye cancer.
Malachowski announced this on his Facebook page, saying,
Win An Olympic Medal for an athlete’s life fulfilling dreams. Of course this is the most precious gold. I did everything in my power to get it. Unfortunately this time it didn’t work. But fate gave me a chance to increase the value of my “Silver”.
With enough money raised, Olek Szymanski will travel from Poland to New York City to receive treatment from ophthalmic oncologist David Abramson.
The 2016 Summer Olympics may be over, but their impact is going to last a long time thanks to athletes like Malachowski.